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Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@boatus.com

 

Thumbnail photo of Life Jacket Design Competition flyer.Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000

Contest Calls for “Out-of-the-Box” Entries

ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 21, 2014 – Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” which kicks off today.

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Thumbnail photo of Captain George Walker aboard his TowBoatUS response vessel.TowBoatUS Rouses Point, NY, Has A New Owner

ROUSES POINT, NY, August 5, 2014 - Captain George Walker, the new owner of TowBoatUS Rouses Point, NY, wants Lake Champlain boaters to know he is there to help them anyway he can. A lifelong boater and certified diver who holds a US Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, Walker has a fleet of red-hulled boats ready to assist anyone who runs aground, has a mechanical breakdown, needs a battery jump or runs out of fuel anywhere on the lake from the Canadian border south to Plattsburgh, NY, and Burlington, VT. Former company owner John Mott remains with the company as senior captain.

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Thumbnail photo of Capt. Capt. Jackson Dozier of the new TowBoatUS Lewis Smith Lake with his business partner and wife, Capt. Nicki Dozier.On Water Boat Towing Service Grows on Inland Lakes

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 23, 2014 – It’s your roadside assistance on the water, but most anglers know it’s more than that. “It saves you time and money,” affirms BoatUS ANGLER Brand Manager Steve Levi. Engine trouble. Dead batteries. Running out of gas or running aground. An “Unlimited” on water towing plan from BoatUS Towing Services handles it all. And with eight new inland locations on freshwater lakes this year, more inland anglers have access to the nation’s largest network of on water towing and assistance services with over 300 nationwide locations and 600 towing response vessels.

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Thumbnail photo of collegiate anglers with a big catchThe Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Reveals Schedule for 2015

San Antonio, Tx, July 16, 2014 - The Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series announced their schedule for the 2015 season. The new schedule will consist of the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, and the season-ending BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, however the series will introduce a new event in the spring.  

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Thumbnail photo non-ethanol fuel signMissouri Corn Growers Pushing For More Ethanol at the Fuel Pump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. July 7, 2014 – Are wise consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats, lawn equipment, and other small engines?  A June 24 statement from the Missouri Corn Growers Association  (MCGA) blames current high gasoline prices on volatile markets and calls for more ethanol at the gas pump to lower gas prices. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS ) says that smart consumers have learned that corn-based ethanol has not lived up to its expectations as America’s green fuel and that higher ethanol blends – those being encouraged by the MCGA – are incompatible with outboard boat motors, generators, lawn mowers, motorcycles, and so many other engines.  

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Thumbnail photo of Capt. Capt. Jackson Dozier of the new TowBoatUS Lewis Smith Lake with his business partner and wife, Capt. Nicki Dozier.TowBoatUS Opens on Lewis Smith Lake to Assist Growing Alabama Community

The husband and wife team of Captain Jackson Dozier and Captain Nicki Dozier have teamed up with Captain Chris Shaffner to bring the 24/7 benefits of TowBoatUS to Lewis Smith Lake. TowBoatUS offers, lake-wide assistance for engine breakdowns, battery jumps, fuel delivery, soft ungrounding, towing and salvage services.

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Thumbnail photo of Capt. Gary Jacobs aboard his TowBoatUS Smith Mountain Lake 24-hour response boat.New On Water Towing Service at Smith Mountain Lake, VA With Capt. Gary Jacobs at the Helm

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va., June 17, 2014 -- Capt. Gary Jacobs, the owner of the new TowBoatUS Smith Mountain Lake, VA, fell in love with the lake when he vacationed there a while back. “It is gorgeous,” he said of the lake, which is in the Shenandoah Valley beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains. “One of the prettiest lakes I’ve ever seen.”

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Thumbnail photo of LIVETARGET Elite Series Pro-Angler Stephen BrowningWinner of LIVETARGET/BoatUS ANGLER Sweepstakes Announced

JUNE 2013 - Starting in mid-February and ending on May 31, 2014, thousands of anglers entered for the chance for a Sweepstakes bundle that included a fishing day with LIVETARGET and Bassmaster Elite Pro Stephen Browning, a $1000 travel allowance, a BoatUS ANGLER membership package, and a custom selection of LIVETARGET lures.   The winner, as selected by random drawing, is Russell Scanlan of Katy, TX.

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Thumbnail photo of Capt. Kirk Fonte aboard his towboat with first mate, Brody.TowBoatUS Percy Priest Lake Changes Hands; Veteran Tower Kirk Fonte Is Now at the Helm

PERCY PRIEST LAKE, Tenn., June 3, 2014 -- Capt. Kirk Fonte, who has been working for TowBoatUS Percy Priest Lake since the company began assisting Tennessee boaters three years ago, has bought the business from the previous owner, Shane O’Neal.

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Thumbnail photo Capt. Jerry Mitchell (L) and Capt. Skip Peterlin (R) with their towboat.TowBoatUS Comes to Lake Oconee, Georgia, Offering Around-the-Clock Assistance to Boaters in Need

ATONTON, GA, May 29, 2014 -- Lake Oconee, in central Georgia hasn’t been the same since Capt. Jerry Mitchell opened his new on the water towing service this spring. Three bright red boats, with the words "TowBoatUS" emblazoned in white letters on the hull, have been cruising through every nook and cranny of the 20-mile-long lake.

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Thumbnail photo of TowBoatUS 24-hour towing assistance boatBoatUS Tows Over 1800 Boats Over Holiday Weekend

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 27, 2014 – The BoatUS 24-hour national dispatch centers received over 1800 requests for assistance from recreational boaters and anglers over the four-day (Friday-Monday) Memorial Day weekend. Great weather across the country is the main reason, says the nation’s boat owners group.

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Thumbnail photo of Capt. Joel Jenkins and his wife ElizabethNew Towing Service Helps Boaters in Northern Alabama Lakes

DECATUR, AL., May 15, 2014 -- Captain Joel Jenkins, who, along with his wife Elizabeth, own and operate Jay Landings Marina on Lake Wheeler in Decatur, AL, has been in the boating business since 1974, working on manufacturing, surveying and marina operation.   Joel and Elizabeth began operating TowBoatUS Lake Wheeler and Lake Wilson this spring. That means boaters who travel and fish on the lakes can count on 24/7 on the water towing to help them if they run aground, have a mechanical breakdown, need a battery jump start or run out of fuel.

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Thumbnail photo of Capt. Tim Brock and his TowBoatUS boatAward-Winning Boat Towing Company Comes to Mexico Beach

MEXICO BEACH, Fla., May 14, 2014 -- Captain Shane O’Neal, who brought TowBoatUS on water towing assistance for recreational boaters and anglers to Destin and Panama City, Florida last year, has extended his business eastward along the Panhandle, with the opening of TowBoatUS Mexico Beach this spring. “With three locations, each about 45 minutes apart by water, we’ll be able to provide faster service to boaters who have a breakdown, get stuck on a sandy shoal, need fuel, a jump start, or a tow back to a ramp,” O’Neal said. “And we’re on call 24/7.”

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Thumbnail photo of TowBoatUS boatTowBoatUS Comes to Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Ontario

SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MI, May 14, 2014 -- The waters surrounding the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, are some of the trickiest in the Great Lakes – with swift currents, heavy ship traffic and unexpected shallows just outside the channel. Captain Gordon MacMaster, who just opened TowBoatUS Sault Sainte Marie on the St. Marys River, an on water towing service for boaters, knows this from firsthand experience.

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Thumbnail photo FWC logoFlorida Legislature Kills Anti-boating Legislation: BoatUS on Watch

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 2, 2014 – Sometimes it’s the middle of night, and often it’s only at the very last moment. But that’s the nature of how new legislation is often introduced with the backing of special interest groups in state houses across the US. Often the intent is to keep the public in the dark. But that’s not what happened over the last two weeks in Florida, when Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) became instrumental in turning the tide on some 11th-hour legislation that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s coasts.

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Thumbnail photo of Captain Hamilton Foster and his TowBoatUS vesselNew On Water Towing Service Opens on Lake Murray

LAKE MURRAY, SC, May 1, 2014 -- Anyone who knows Captain Hamilton Foster will tell you that “boat” should be his middle name. Foster, and his wife Jessica, are the new owners of TowBoatUS  Lake Murray, SC, an on the water towing assistance company. And Foster, who began sailing on Lake Murray when he was six-years old, is thrilled to be able to work on the waters where he grew up.

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Thumbnail photo of Chris Coleman with his record bassChickamauga Lake will be home to a new state record bass

A lot of area bass fishermen have been expecting a new state record bass to come from Chickamauga Lake. It has happened, but not exactly the way most expected. Well-known area bass angler/guide, and BoatUS ANGLER Member Chris Coleman will soon be awarded a new state record for the northern spotted bass. Coleman actually caught the record 6-pound, 1-ounce fish in February 2011. However, at the time, there was a larger Alabama spotted bass on the books.

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Thumbnail photo of FWC logoAnti-Boating Legislation Defeated in Florida House

TALLAHASSEE, Fl., April 23, 2014 – Today, after an overnight groundswell of grassroots recreational boater support, the Florida House of Representatives voted down an amendment to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s coasts.

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Thumbnail photo of anglers competeing in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing ChampionshipCollegiate Bass Fishing Championship Heads to Pickwick Lake

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 10, 2014 - In less than 60 days the best collegiate anglers in the country will meet at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama to compete in the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's. The week of May 19-23 will bring 400 collegiate anglers to the renowned Florence, AL area and end with the crowning of our National Champions.

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Photo of an Ethanol gas sign at a gas stationVIDEO: Why Boaters Don’t Like Ethanol

WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2014 – If you own a boat, you may have heard by now that a government mandate has been increasing the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, which not only damages boat engine and fuel systems but can present very real safety concerns.

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Photo of Courtney Bacco, 2013 Catch of the Month Grand Prize WinnerOne Fish Photo Could Make You a Big Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 1, 2014 - There’s a lot to pack before you head out for the spring fishing season. Just don’t forget the camera to take shots of your catch to submit to the BoatUS ANGLER “Catch of the Month” photo contest at BoatUS.com/angler/contest, which kicks off April 1st and runs monthly through October 31, 2014.

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Photo of Chris BowesBoatUS ANGLER Saves Bowes From Floundering

March 27, 2014 - Chris Bowes makes a living managing B.A.S.S. tournaments. It’s a job that involves way more than enforcing rules and weighing fish for thousands of participating anglers. Add working with local chamber of commerce folks, and making sure all fishermen get back to weigh-in safely, and you’ll be closer to completing Bowes’ long list of responsibilities. But on a recent leisurely fishing trip it was Bowes that needed assistance en route to the boat ramp.

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Photo of a bass boat being towedRoadside Breakdowns Not a Problem for 2014 Triton Boat Owners

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn., March 19, 2014 – A new partnership between Triton Boats and BoatUS ANGLER will bring roadside breakdown assistance benefits to buyers of 2014 model year Triton boats....

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Photo of a fishing line recycling binVIDEO: Build A Fishing Line Recycling Bin This Winter

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 18, 2014 – It’s hard thinking about fishing when most of country is still frozen solid. However, anglers anticipating the spring bite can make a difference with improving fish habitat this upcoming season by building a fishing line recycling bin with some help from the BoatUS Foundation...

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Photo of members of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean teaching kidsVote For Your Favorite Safe Or Clean Boating Grant Project By March 28

The Stakes are Higher with More Funding Available"

ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 14, 2014 – The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is looking to the public to help it select the winning projects in the competitive 2014 Grassroots Grants Program, which provides local non-profit groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. Anyone with a love for the water, boating and fishing is encouraged to go to either …

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Photo of angler Darold Gleason with his 11 lb, 3 oz bass ccaught at Toldeo BendLast Cast Prayer Nets 11-pounder

TOLEDO BEND, Tex, March 1, 2014 - It’s a theological maneuver that a lot of tournament anglers turn to in the last moments before stowing the rods and running to weigh-in. And for Toledo Bend guide and B.A.S.S. Open angler Darold Gleason, this time, his silent request for divine assistance got answered in a big way. Like 11 pounds and 3 ounces worth.

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Photo of a boat sinking at the dockFive Ways Your Boat's Insurance Policy Can Fail You

CHICKAMAUGA LAKE, Tenn., January 16, 2014 -- An on the water towboat company that helps Tennessee boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake, which is owned and operated by Captain Shane O’Neil and his wife, Stacey O’Neil.

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Photo of Shane and Stacey O'Neil receiving their BoatUS Tower Of The Year awardTowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake Named Tower of the Year at Annual BoatUS On The Water Towing Services Conference

CHICKAMAUGA LAKE, Tenn., January 16, 2014 -- An on the water towboat company that helps Tennessee boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake, which is owned and operated by Captain Shane O’Neil and his wife, Stacey O’Neil.

 

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